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Mathew Abraham

Dr. Mathew Abraham

Dr. Mathew Abraham is the assistant director of TCI. He is responsible for coordinating research and offering strategic guidance and support for project implementation. Previously, Mathew joined TCI as a postdoctoral associate in August 2015, after completing his PhD from the Department of International Economics and Management at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Prior…
anaka aiyar

Dr. Anaka Aiyar

Anaka Aiyar was a postdoctoral associate at TCI until 2020, when she joined the University of Nevada, Reno, as an assistant professor of economics. At TCI, her research explored the mechanisms that explain why states in India have had disparate experiences in economic development over the last few decades. Anaka obtained her PhD in economics…

Dr. Amit Anshumali

Amit Anshumali graduated from Cornell University with a PhD in development sociology. He has since joined the University of Chicago as the Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Sociology in the Division of Social Sciences. While at Cornell, Amit’s work focused on the connections between seasonal labor migration and local economic development in central India, spanning…

Bindvi Arora

Bindvi Arora is a PhD candidate in the field of food science. Her research interests include the development of novel food products and improving existing popular foods that can cater to nutritionally deficient populations through innovations in processing technology and the use of alternate ingredients. Before joining Cornell, Bindvi worked as a scientist at the…

Shivranjani Baruah

Shivranjani Baruah is a PhD student in the field of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology. Her primary research interest lies in exploring the intricacies of plant-pathogen interactions at the molecular level in order to inform decision-making related to crop protection. Shivranjani holds a master’s degree in microbiology from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta University, and a…

Dr. Rohil Sahai Bhatnagar

Rohil Sahai Bhatnagar received his PhD in food science and technology at Cornell University in 2020. He is now a senior research scientist at PepsiCo. His research focused on developing novel iron-rich microalgae composites and exploring their utility as potential fortificants in food commodities to improve iron nutrition. As a TCI scholar, he conducted fieldwork…

Dr. Jocelyn Boiteau

Jocelyn Boiteau is a postdoctoral associate at TCI. She is interested in food systems and how they shape food environments and food security. Jocelyn is continuing the research on food loss and waste she began as a TCI scholar. Her current project explores food loss and waste across food groups and stages of structural transformation….

Tanuj Chawla

Tanuj Chawla is an associate researcher for TCI in India. He is an interdisciplinary professional with a background in bioinformatics, bio-based economies, life-cycle assessment, and frugal and reverse innovation. He has a master’s degree in bioeconomics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany, and is an award-winning food system innovator. He has more than five years…

Leslie Verteramo Chiu

Dr. Leslie Verteramo Chiu is a research economist at TCI. His research area includes risk management for smallholder farmers, food-value chains, and agricultural finance, all under the context of developing countries. At TCI, he analyzes the effects of interventions on farmer producer organizations in Mexico. He received a PhD in applied economics from Cornell University,…

Abhinav Choudhry

Abhinav Choudhry is an associate researcher at TCI. He received a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in environmental policy from Cornell University, where he also completed a fellowship program in environmental finance and impact investing. He holds a master’s degree in finance and control from the University of Delhi and a bachelor’s degree…